The End of the Game
Updated: Aug 2
I was supposed to write, I call it my not so movie review on Captain Marvel and Shazam but the spirit of laziness just came onto me and I ended up not having written at all. I don't do movie reviews. I'm not a movie critic. I can't even see a loophole that much. As long as I enjoy the movie, it's good enough for me. No, I'm not writing about the Avengers: Endgame either. I don't want to be on the spoiler alert lookout. I still value my life. I know I will be grilled online if I did. And besides, I still have to watch it tonight. I know everybody's waiting for the presumed last sequel about the famous Marvel‘s superheroes. I'm one of them. So to prepare myself for this movie, I watched the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films again starting from where it all began 11 years ago, Iron Man but excluding Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel since I already ran out of time. I didn't expect the first MCU film would be a hit. I even thought Robert Downey, Jr. wouldn't pull it off. I'm not saying he's not a good actor. I'm actually a huge fan. But considering he's quite a bit old for a superhero, it just wouldn't fit. But he totally gave justice to the character. And he's one of my favorite characters in the MCU. What I love about the MCU films is that they have depth and emotions and humor and of course, the gorgeous ass-kicking and a hunk of superheroes being Captain America at the top spot. Though I'm not familiar with the comics version, I have truly enjoyed the movie adaptations. The actors portraying the characters have given justice to their respective roles. Among my favorites are Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Edward Norton as The Incredible Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. I was quite sad when Edward Norton was booted out from the franchise. That's why it's really a good thing that Mark Ruffalo also gave justice to the green man with anger management issues. Nobody now could have done it really better. And what is a superhero without a villain? You know who is the famous of them all, who is torn between being good and being bad, the irrevocably gorgeous and adorably irritating Loki, the adoptive brother of Thor. And if you have noticed, Ronan the Accuser and Korath from the Guardians of the Galaxy have originated from Captain Marvel as members of Starforce from the Kree race. I could go on and on with the rest of them but you're only interested in one supervillain, Thanos. And of course, what is a superhero without a love interest? And it's not just about that. The chemistry on-screen is undeniable. Tony Stark and Pepper Pots. Thor and Jane Foster. Captain America and Peggy Carter. Even Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanoff give me a flutter. I just wish Sharon Carter hasn't come into the picture. I know a lot of girls have wished they have been in her shoes. But along with the humor, there are maudlin moments, too. I became emotional when Bruce Banner and Elizabeth Ross met again. I cried when Agent Phil Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D. died protecting the Avengers. And who could forget the scene where Captain America told the Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes to finish him because he would be with him at the end of the line and the sacrifice Yondu Udonta made to save Peter Quill? As mentioned above that I can't quite catch a loophole in a movie, I did see one in Spider-man: Homecoming. The movie stated that the events from Captain America: Civil War happened 8 years later after the attack in New York in The Avengers. I know I'm not good in Math but counting the years, it should only be 5. So I googled it and there it is, it was perceived to be a continuity error. I don't want to go into details. You can google it yourself. And I have some questions about the time they moved to their new facility but I don't want to bother with that anymore. But what really made these films more interesting and funnier are the cameo roles of Stan Lee, the man behind all of these. My most favorite of his cameos was that of a Fedex delivery guy who asked Tony Stark, “Are you Mr. Tony Stank?” I suppose this is really the end of everything. Everybody's excited on how the Avengers will defeat Thanos, the one responsible for eradicating more than half of the world's population. As my brother was telling me, he didn't understand why Doctor Strange gave him the Time stone in the Avengers: Infinity War where he could have prevented it when he saw what would happen. And how come Hulk couldn't eliminate him? He was the one who killed Thanos in the comics. Well, I think when you twist a plot, the movie becomes more fascinating. And to come up with another sequel. Not to mention how it will fare in the Box Office. I will end this article with the best quotes from these movies. I always love extracting what I think is the best quote from each movie that I watch. Iron Man: “I shouldn’t be alive unless it was for a reason. I’m not crazy. I just finally know what I have to do. And I know in my heart that it’s right.” The Incredible Hulk: “Look, I've always been more curious that cautious. And that served me pretty well. So, are we gonna do this?” Iron Man 2: “I'm limited by the technology of my time. But one day you'll figure this out. And when you do, you will change the world. What is and always will be my greatest creation is you.” Thor: “I have much to learn. I know that now. Someday, perhaps I shall make you proud.” Captain America: The First Avenger: ”This is why you were chosen. Because a strong man who has known power all his life may lose respect for that power. But a weak man knows the value of strength and knows compassion.” The Avengers: “With everything that’s happening and the things that are about to come to light, people might just need a little old-fashioned.” Iron Man 3: “Threat is imminent. And I have to protect the one thing that I can’t live without. That’s you.” Thor: The Dark World: “The brutality, the sacrifice, it changes you. I’d rather be a good man than a great king.” Captain America: The Winter Soldier: “I know I’m asking a lot. But the price of freedom is high. It always has been. And it’s a price I’m willing to pay. And if I’m the only one, then so be it. But I’m willing to bet I’m not.” Guardians of the Galaxy: "I have lived most of my life surrounded by my enemies. I will be grateful to die among my friends." Avengers: Age of Ultron: “Humans are odd. They think order and chaos are somehow opposites and try to control what won’t be. But there is grace in their failings. I think you missed that.” Ant-Man: “Second chances don’t come around all that much. So next time you think you might see one, I suggest you take a real close look at it.” Captain America: Civil War: “Just because it’s a path of least resistance doesn’t mean it’s the wrong path. Staying together is more important than how we stay together.” Doctor Strange: “Your intellect has taken you far in life but it will take you no further. Surrender. Silence your ego and your power will rise.” Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: “What I’m trying to say here is, sometimes that thing you’re searching for your whole life, it’s right there by your side all along. You don’t even know it.” Spider-man: Homecoming: “If you’re nothing without this suit, then you shouldn’t have it.” Thor: Ragnarok: “I thought the world of you. I thought we were going to fight side by side forever. But at the end of the day you're you and I'm me and oh, maybe there's still good in you but let's be honest, our paths diverged a long time ago." So bring it on, Endgame! I know you won't disappoint us. And even if you would, it doesn't matter. You will still be one of the highest grossing films of all time. Hail, Marvel!